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Published on Apr 1, 2013

Http://www.gtchannel.com for more information. 2011 Formula Drift champion Daijiro Yoshihara shocks the world to become the first champion professional drift driver to make a career move to mixed martial arts (MMA). The Japanese native Yoshihara has been training with former MMA champion Josh Barnett for some time now. Daijiro has competed in Formula Drift since 2004 and became the series champion in 2011. He was turned onto MMA when he met Barnett who is an avid drifting fan. "I was totally hooked. Drifting is exciting and where my roots are but I think MMA is where my future is." Yoshihara states.

After several months of training, Daijiro finally made the decision to dedicate his professional career to MMA and retire from drifting. Josh Barnett has been by his side all through the transition and he calls Daijiro "a natural". Daijiro also got an opportunity to spar with one of the Gracies in a jiu-jitsu match and he completely overwhelmed his opponent. "I've always respected Gracie jiu-jitsu but they were no match for the speed and balance I've achieved through professional driving. My left foot clutch kick is deadly." claims Daijiro.

The award winning Behind the Smoke webseries on GTChannel has followed Daijiro's drifting career for the past 2 seasons but will continue to cover Daijiro even though GTChannel is an automotive channel on Youtube. GTChannel's Executive Producer Taro Koki says, "No matter where Dai goes his fans will follow him so Behind the Smoke will continue to capture Dai on and off the mat from now on." A new episode of Behind the Smoke is scheduled to be released every Monday.

Although no opponent has been announced yet. Yoshihara looks to train hard and dedicate himself to fighting for hereon.

http://gtchannel.com/blog/daijiro-yos...

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Behind The Smoke Season 2 Playlist: http://bit.ly/14Aef2o
Daijiro Yoshihara's Youtube Page: http://www.youtube.com/user/YoshiharaDai

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  3. 3

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  4. 4

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  5. 5

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  6. 6

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  7. 7

    Long Beach Qualifying - Behind The Smoke 3 - Ep 04

  8. 8

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  9. 9

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  10. 10

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  11. 11

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  12. 12

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  13. 13

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  14. 14

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  15. 15

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  16. 16

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  17. 17

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  18. 18

    Dai Struggles In Palm Beach - Behind The Smoke 3 - Ep 09

  19. 19

    Formula Drift Round 3: Palm Beach Raw GoPro Runs - Daijiro Yoshihara - BTS3

  20. 20

    Mike Kojima Edition - Behind The Smoke 3 - Ep 10

  21. 21

    Dai Goes Too Hard at FD Round 3 - Behind The Smoke 3 - Ep 11

  22. 22

    Dai Drifts Nismo 370z with Hot Chick

  23. 23

    Dai Takes on the Sepang F1 Track - Behind The Smoke 3 - Ep 12

  24. 24

    The Drama Unfolds in Jersey - Behind The Smoke 3 - Ep 13

  25. 25

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  26. 26

    The Fight Is On In Jersey - Behind The Smoke 3 - Ep 14

  27. 27

    Formula Drift Seattle GoPro Edition - Behind The Smoke 3 - Ep 15

  28. 28

    It All Goes Wrong In Seattle - Behind The Smoke 3 - Ep 16

  29. 29

    Putting It On The Line In Seattle - Behind The Smoke 3 - Ep 17

  30. 30

    Dai's Travel Show Feat. Melyssa Grace - Behind The Smoke 3 - Ep18

  31. 31

    Wheel Give-Away & America's Tire Store Visit - Behind The Smoke 3 - Ep19

  32. 32

    Free set of Dai Yoshihara exercise wheels.

  33. 33

    Daijiro's Bloopers from America's Tire Shoot

  34. 34

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  35. 35

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  36. 36

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  37. 37

    Formula Drift Texas - Qualifying Run - 5 GoPro Angles

  38. 38

    Formula Drift Texas - The Battles Begin - Behind The Smoke 3 - Ep23

  39. 39

    FD Texas Rnd 6 - Dai Fights For a Podium - Behind The Smoke 3 - Ep24

  40. 40

    Uncut In-Car GoPros - Formula Drift Texas - Daijiro Yoshihara vs. Kenneth Moen - Top 32 Battle

  41. 41

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  42. 42

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